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Residential covenants

Some properties in Bedford Borough, owned by us or built on land we owned, might have covenants attached to their freehold title. This means there may be a restriction of use and certain types of development that their owners may carry out.

In most circumstances, we may be prepared to relax these covenants subject to payment of an administration fee.

When the need for a relaxation of the covenant arises, the Property Services Department will identify whether the application is in respect of works, activities or changes to be carried out or if done retrospectively.

They will investigate whether the proposed relaxation of covenant is acceptable and if it is, they will write to the property owner, advising them of their current or intended ‘breach’, request plans identifying the proposed works and the relevant administration fee.

When the relevant fee is paid, the Property Services Department will issue a letter confirming that the Council has consented to the relaxation of the covenant.

If the fee is not paid, the covenant is not relaxed.

Residential covenant relaxation fees

Administration fees with effect from 1 January 2019:

  • Relaxation of covenant in advance of proposed works £111.75 + VAT (£134.10)
  • Retrospective consent £221.33 + VAT (£265.60)
  • Fast Track (response within one working day)* £331.00 + VAT (£397.20)

* One business working day from receipt of full documentation and cheque. Response will be by email or fax

Cheques should be made payable to Bedford Borough Council

If you would like to apply for residential covenant relaxation, complete an application form (PDF). Once completed please send it to: property@bedford.gov.uk or

Property Services
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford
MK42 9AP

For any enquiries please contact the Technical Officer (Estates) on 01234 276895.